Ystervarkies are small cubes of cake that are dipped in chocolate sauce and then rolled in coconut, to resemble hedgehogs. (“Yservarkie” is Afrikaans for “hedgehog”.) South African lamingtons are much smaller than the Australian and New Zealand versions, usually measuring only 3 or 4 cm square.

Ystervarkies, Eintlik is dié lekkerte Australies, maar omdat my ouma dit só lekker gemaak het, is dit vir my pure Suid-Afrikaans!

Puff-puff is a traditional Nigerian food similar to a doughnut. There exists a similar version known as bofrot in Ghana. Puff-puffs are similar to the French Beignet and the Italian Zeppole.

Nigerian Food: Puff-puff is a traditional Nigerian food similar to a doughnut. There exists a similar version known as bofrot in Ghana. Puff-puffs are similar to the French Beignet and the Italian Zeppole.

Himbasha is an Ethiopian and Eritrean celebration bread that is slightly sweet. It is often served at special occasions. It is prepared in a number of varieties, however the most distinctive flavoring is ground cardamom seeds.  The dough is given a decorative touch before baking. The design varies in detail, but in general is given the shape of a wheel with indentations to create several spokes.  Common additions include (candied) ginger or raisins.

Ambasha, አምባሻ) is a popular Ethiopian and celebration bread that is slightly sweet. It is often served at special Ethiopian occasions.

Guyanese Lime Cookies | "They're a basic butter cookie, with a punch of lime flavor. My hubby is originally from Guyana, and these cookies remind him of home. I prefer to freshly grind the nutmeg from the whole-nut each time I use, but it's not necessary."

Herbs And Spices, Guyanese Lime Cookies, These Are A Basic Butter Cookie, With A Punch Of Lime Flavor.

Bissap/Bisap, a sour-tasting drink from Burkina Faso, made from Roselle (Bissap) flowers, and sweetened with sugar

An ancient drink called Karkadeh in Egypt, Bissap in Senegal, Zobo in Nigeria, Jamaica & Mexico, and Bunga Raya in Malaysia. I have everything but the orange flower water.

Vetkoek (pronounced FET-cook) is a traditional Afrikaner pastry. It is dough deep-fried in cooking oil and either filled with cooked mince (ground beef) or spread with syrup, honey, or jam. It is thought to have its origins from the dutch oliebollen, which go back to the time of the migration period. It is similar in taste to Mexican sopapillas.

Vetkoeks/Magwinya (South Africa) or MaFatCooks (Zimbabwe). Like pancakes, they can be sprinkled with castor sugar and eaten sweet with syrup or jam, or with a savoury side dish or filling

Zoomkoom, a soft drink from Burkina Faso made from millet flour, ginger, lemon juice and tamarind.

Zoomkoom, a soft drink from Burkina Faso made from millet flour, ginger, lemon juice and tamarind.

Chin Chin is a fried snack popular in West Africa. It is a sweet, hard, donut-like baked or fried dough of wheat flour, eggs, and other customary baking items. Chin chin may also contain cowpeas. Many people also bake it with ground nutmeg for flavor. It is usually kneaded and cut into small squares of 1 square inch or so, about a quarter of an inch thick, before frying.

Chin Chin is a fried snack popular in West Africa. It is a sweet, hard, donut-like baked or fried dough of wheat flour, eggs, and other customary baking items.

Godro-godro - A firm, cake-like coconut milk pudding found in Comoros, Madagascar.

Godro-godro - A firm, cake-like coconut milk pudding found in Comoros, Madagascar.

Karkanji/carcaje is a Chadian beverage of boiled hibiscus flowers with ginger, clove and cinnamon, with sugar added to taste.

(The best thing I drank in Eqypt!) Karkanji: a red hibiscus tea with cinnamon and cloves from Chad.

Bonbon coco is a popular Malagasi candy made from shredded coconut cooked with caramelized sugar and formed into chewy balls or patties.

Bonbon coco is a popular Malagasi candy made from shredded coconut cooked with caramelized sugar and formed into chewy balls or patties.

Koban-dravina or koba is a Malagasy specialty made by grinding together peanuts and brown sugar, then enveloping the mixture in a sweetened rice flour paste to produce a cylindrical bundle. The bundle is wrapped in banana leaves and boiled for 24 to 48 hours or longer until the sugar becomes caramelized and the peanuts have softened. The resulting cake is served in thin slices.

Desserts -- Vendors in Antananarivo sell koba, a sweet made from ground peanuts, sugar and rice flour

Cocada amarela, yellow coconut pudding made with sugar, grated coconut, egg yolks, and ground cinnamon, a dessert in both Mozambique and Angola. It is very different from what is known as cocada in Brazil.

Cocada Amarela, Yellow Coconut Pudding from Angola and Mozambique -- dessert recipe:

Pavê de ginguba, Angolan peanut sponge cake dessert

Bolo de Ginguba is a traditional Angolan Peanut Sponge Cake. It is a richly decadent sponge cake with the unique addition of peanut flavor.

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